I just compared my before and after and found I lowered my Total Cholesterol by 31 points and my LDL by 26 points and improved greatly on everything else. Proof that healthier eating really does make a big difference!
My cholesterol was much lower this time around than it was 16 weeks ago – yay! Another tangible result of hard work paying off!
My second challenge is over and I couldn’t be happier. Seattle Sutton has helped me lose 97 pounds in 16 months. I have dieted for over 40 years and never had this kind of success. I’m not done – not… Continue reading
Hello 2016 Slim Down Challengers.
Congratulations on completing the Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating Slim Down Challenge! You chose to do something healthy for YOU, you fought through challenges and obstacles, and you persevered through it all. … Continue reading
Hello everyone! Here’s hoping everyone had a successful journey on the challenge that left them energized and more healthy! Although my weight is coming off slowly, the one thing that I’m proud of myself the most is staying true to… Continue reading
I’m anxious to see my before/after lab results. I “feel” healthier – more energy, better sleep, etc. I feel less greasy and more “clean” – if that’s a real feeling (maybe that’s all just in my head?). My skin is… Continue reading
The end of the challenge is near. And both Pete and I are so happy with the results thus far. We plan to stay on Seattle Sutton to continue working on the weight loss. As long as it’s working, why… Continue reading
After many years and tears of trying to lose a significant amount of weight – the Seattle Sutton program is the one program that has FINALLY helped me to put a dent in my weight loss goal! Even though I… Continue reading
I was just looking at the total number of pounds lost from this group and can’t help but be impressed. It will be fun to see final number. Great job everyone!
Well, the time sure did fly! Even though I started this challenge a few weeks late, I can’t believe that three months has flown by. If I am being completely honest, I would say that I could have done better,… Continue reading
I’ve had to adjust a few medications for my thyroid disorder and anxiety. My hypothyroidism makes weight loss a little more challenging – and – of course – my other medications cite weight gain as a possible side effect. Aaaackkk!… Continue reading
Normally I am an early morning work-out kind of person. Lately though, I have been SO TIRED – in the morning and in the afternoon when work is finished. I’ve pushed through though – I’m still getting a workout in… Continue reading
Go for a walk, call a friend, read a book. Do whatever makes you happy!
I have a lot going on at work – and – I’m wrapping things up for my Masters degree – so I am stressed out! I’m trying to use exercise as an outlet for stress but I must admit –… Continue reading
Wow! Hard to believe that this is the final week of the challenge! I am all set for my lab tests on Thursday morning and am genuinely curious to see (hopefully) the difference in my numbers. SS has become so… Continue reading
At the beginning of this challenge 16 weeks seemed like an eternity. Now here we are with just 7 days left. I have gone through quite the transformation in just 16 weeks! I have learned a lot about my self,… Continue reading
We have ONE more week before the final weigh in on Monday, April 25th. Please make sure you are able to make it in as there are no exceptions for late weigh ins. If… Continue reading
I am so excited to take advantage of this beautiful weather this weekend! The possibilities are endless: walk, run, bike, hike, rollerblade, yard work! The sunshine and fresh air certainly help to put an extra spring in my step. No… Continue reading
So many people are asking what Pete and I are doing to lose weight. They’ve been very impressed with our results, and we have referred them all to Seattle Sutton. This has turned out to be such an easy plan… Continue reading
I’ve come to the realization that I’m probably not going to win this challenge – but I’ve also come to realize that that is okay. I need to stop comparing myself to others and just compare myself to myself. I… Continue reading
I’m afraid my cravings have gotten the better of me – I stepped on the scale this morning and to my horror (but not surprise) I had gained two pounds. I’ve been munching on more snacks lately. Peanut butter, bread,… Continue reading
I’m not sure if it’s my increase in exercise, or stress, or the change in seasons, but I am craving breads and fruits so much lately! It has been really hard to limit these sugars and carbs. I have snuck… Continue reading
Hooray! I’m heading into the home stretch with the challenge! I can honestly say that I’m feeling great and more energized than ever! Even after the challenge is finished, I still plan on continuing with SS – not only for… Continue reading
I just cannot believe that there are only 2 weeks remaining in this challenge! The time went by faster than I ever would have imagined. This felt like a very long commitment in the beginning; but looking at the bigger… Continue reading
Only two weeks left! How did that happen? This challenge has gone by so fast – I will be sad to see it end. I love checking in on the Challenger Chat – seeing everyone’s progress – and there is… Continue reading
We only have TWO more weeks to go! Have you reviewed your SMART goals from the beginning of the Challenge? Where are you with the goals you set for yourself? Do you need to make some new ones?… Continue reading
My spring break was a good chance for me to exercise my will power. Normally when I have extra down time I tend to eat more and do less. This time around I created a specific, active schedule. I also… Continue reading
Went to Colorado for Spring break (group of 5). SUCCESS: 1. Planned a trip with fitness/activity in mind (over lounging at the beach), 2. Paid to bring several my SSHE meals with me, 3. Sought out the fitness center (actually… Continue reading
Lately when I have been tempted by treats, I have asked myself, “But will it make me happy?” 99% of the time the answer is “No – it will make me feel guilty and depressed!” It has been transformational for… Continue reading
It was a struggle but I did not eat my Angel Food cake at lunch. Instead I just poured a cup of coffee and dove into my cake during afternoon break. Such a wonderful treat! It’s like cheating without any… Continue reading
I enjoyed a lovely day with my youngest daughter today at Como Zoo. We walked around for quite a while checking out all of the animals. It was a great way to get active and have some bonding time with… Continue reading
I met my husband for lunch today – at a pizza buffet of all places! I had two regular slices of thin crust pizza and was surprisingly very full when done. In the past I would’ve eaten very fast and… Continue reading
I am very appreciative for Seattle Sutton and their diet. I have lost more than 30 pounds and my 12 week weigh in is coming Monday. What I was not glad to see is that everyone needs to have their… Continue reading
Weigh in yesterday wasn’t what I wanted, however I know my husband’s birthday and Easter celebrations had something to do with that :P…so….in the last few weeks, it’s full steam ahead with staying dedicated and consistent with my SS plan… Continue reading
It’s cold and raining but my walking buddy and I braved the weather and did our 30 min walk. Not letting the weather keep me from achieving a goal is very empowering. I feel I can do anything!
I’ve been wearing my Fit Bit more lately and although I know I’m getting in well over 10,000 steps a day it is still a good reminder for me to stay as active and moving as possible. Before wearing my… Continue reading
To celebrate my weight loss I decided to cut all of my hair off this weekend – it feels great! It was just as liberating to shed those extra hairs as it was liberating to shed those extra pounds. I… Continue reading
Can you believe there are only 3 weeks left of the 2016 Slim Down Challenge? Wow! Don’t forget to schedule your second (free) required health screening BEFORE April 25. Please contact our partner, Any Lab Test… Continue reading
A contributing factor to my weight gain was lack of exercise. During my journey with SSHE I have made it a point to make exercise a regular part of my life. Today I went to a free yoga class that’s… Continue reading
Today I selected a parking spot that was further away, so I could get more steps in!
I’m trying to get out of my funk and am searching for all the possible tricks I can to turn things around. As I was running today I noticed that my music was good – but getting to be a… Continue reading
I don’t want to make excuses but, my back still isn’t quite right since jumping on the trampoline last Saturday. It’s definitely better than it was but I still have those times throughout the day (bending over, or twisting a… Continue reading
I’m so excited – 30 pounds off so far this year. I lost 60 pounds in the 2015 challenge and now 30 pounds in 2016 – that means that Seattle Sutton has helped me lose 90 pounds in 15 months.… Continue reading
So yesterday I decided, as a reward for meeting my goal, we would go to one of my favorite restaurants – Joes Crab Shack (BBQ rub crab legs, 2 red potatoes with a little butter, corn on the cob, water)….if… Continue reading
Bah! Get ready….yep…I’m going to whine that I’m sick! Honestly, feeling this way hasn’t really made me want to eat much. Glad I have my SS meals that are healthy to hopefully boost my immune system and fight off this… Continue reading
My running shoes are getting worn out and it’s definitely time for me to purchase some new shoes. I want to find a shoe that is obviously comfortable, breathable, and sturdy. I also want a shoe that will be supportive… Continue reading
I work in a restaurant. If THAT is not hard enough, it is a steakhouse (and I LOVE steak). I chose to work on Easter for brunch, and at the end of the brunch service, all the servers and wait… Continue reading
Disappointed on Monday, missed my weigh-in goal by 1 lb. Hoping I don’t get discouraged from this.
Hello everyone….here’s my ridiculous first world problem….my husband turned 50 last Friday, so in order to celebrate the occasion, I completely splurged on a $100.00 custom made cake (turned out beautiful by the way…..). I know I didn’t have to… Continue reading
I want to acknowledge that even though I have been the person eating the food and exercising, there have been several people who have made my success possible. Specifically, A.S. who holds me accountable for my daily walk on the… Continue reading
I was incredibly depressed to see that I had only lost 1.5 pounds at yesterday’s weigh in. I’ve been running about 20+ miles a week, cross training, sticking to the diet, etc. I know I ate some “Easter” food on… Continue reading
Memory can be a wicked thing. I remember the challenge being so much easier last year. It seemed like the weight just fell off. Not true. I was totally committed and really worked at it. This year I have been… Continue reading
I am so happy! Today I met/surpassed my monthly weigh-in goal for the third month in a row! That’s $$$ back in my pocket…a huge incentive for me! THANK YOU SSHE for offering that incentive!! 🙂 I am now weighing… Continue reading
So..here I am again….yep…admitting that I totally fell off of the SS wagon again yesterday with the Easter holiday. One thing I learned yesterday is that even though I ate anything and everything I wanted, my propensity to completely gorge… Continue reading
So I’ve been really bad about posting on here. Party because when I think of it I use up my time reading a lot of your posts.
I’m really glad I’ve been doing this challenge. The first month… Continue reading
I started to keep a more detailed journal about my weight-loss journey. It has been extremely helpful during “difficult” times as it makes me stop, breath, and be mindful. Taking this moment to think and reflect allows me the space… Continue reading
Spring is officially here! We’ve seen some nicer days between all the snow flurries and rain showers, but the warm weather is coming. It’s a perfect time to plan some outdoor activities.
Did you know that simply taking… Continue reading
Taking my SS meal to Easter brunch was so easy. I had my delicious European-Style Lunch and I totally enjoyed it. I thought I was going to miss the ham and cheesy potatoes but by the time the meal was… Continue reading
Today was Easter. My son spent the day with his dad and when I picked him up this evening he wanted to go out to eat dinner-asking to go to Wendys, DQ, Toppers Pizza, and Culver’s (his favorite, and not… Continue reading
I’ve increased my exercise and now my appetite has increased. I know this is normal but it’s hard to feel like I’m staying on track with my meals – when I’m snacking (on the good stuff) throughout the day.
Today I thought I’d join my son and his friend on the trampolines at Sky Zone instead of watching from the sidelines. It was fun, but unfortunately I think I did something more to my back than exercise it. Biofreeze… Continue reading
Heat has definitely been helping my sore legs. A hot bath and a heating pad have taken my legs from not walking at all yesterday to moderate walking today. I’m sure water and Tylenol have been helping too. I walked… Continue reading
I have been walking on the treadmill for exercise. Occasionally I speed up to a jog (about a 4) but usually only last a few minutes. Today, however, I jogged for 14 minutes – without stopping! My intent was to… Continue reading
I am one that eats fast. I have to make an effort to slow down and chew my food more. It is hard to do, especially at dinner.
Normally for Spring break I take my son to a warm climate state or country. This year, however, we are going to Colorado….skiing! I havent skied in more than 20 years. I still can’t believe I planned a trip around… Continue reading
I am super sore from a cross-training workout that I did on Tuesday – so sore that I can hardly even walk! I shuffled along slowly on my “jog” yesterday to stay on track but I think I might have… Continue reading
A vendor came into the office today and noticed my weight loss. We talked about the SSHE program and how much I love the convenience of the delivery, etc. When asked how much I had lost I automatically said, “25… Continue reading
I am taking some deep breathes write now as I am typing. It is so easy to forget this, especially when we get stressed.
Well…it finally happened & I’ll own up to it…….I completely fell off the SS wagon today and was lured by the Thai chicken wrap and homemade potato chips being served in our employee cafeteria. I’m not going to lie…it tasted… Continue reading
I forgot to eat breakfast – that NEVER happens. We walked early today to beat the forecasted snow and I got back to my desk and thought hmmmm – I’m hungry. Well of course I was hungry – I was… Continue reading
Well – a 7K is just not enough for me anymore. I’m officially an addicted runner (slower than a turtle jogger). I’m going to start training for a full marathon – maybe I’ll even sign up for the TC marathon… Continue reading
I am committed to walking tonight and I have to make sure I get my water in as well. Have a nice night!
About two hours ago I had the SSHE “Southwest Chopped Salad” for lunch – which I thoroughly enjoyed by the way, and I am on track with drinking my daily intake of one gallon of water. The water usually works… Continue reading
Yesterday my husband, daughter and myself took a nice walk. He set his iwatch and we tracked a little over 2 miles – hooray! I just kept thinking of the 16 pounds that I’ve lost and trying to carry that… Continue reading
How’s this for an eye-opener?
About half of all American adults—117 million individuals—have one or more preventable chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor quality eating patterns and physical inactivity. These include cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type… Continue reading
I have anxiety about Easter and family get-togethers coming up. I’m nervous that I will cave to temptation. I’m nervous that it’s the day before a weigh in day (Monday is a weigh in day right?). I’m just going to… Continue reading
Although I don’t see a dramatic difference when I look at myself, I know I must look different to others. I have gotten used to saying, “Yes, I have. Thank you for noticing!” and I love it!! 🙂
I agree if you don’t love it, don’t eat it! You should enjoy every bite of the food.
What is your biggest holiday meal challenge and how will YOU crush it this year?
To navigate the mealtime landmines with your healthy diet intact, you need a strategy. Experts agree: Having a plan in place is… Continue reading
Five years ago I could not walk to the restroom without stopping because my knees were so bad. My doctor took a risk and gave me new knees. The risk was because of my weight. Surgery was successful and a… Continue reading
What could’ve been a disastrous weekend turned out to be quite successful! I worried about having a lot of unstructured time – I tend to mindlessly munch and lay around watching TV more than I should. Instead, I went into… Continue reading
It’s not often that Pete and I have a free day. But we did today. No errands or commitments. We had a fun day & we managed to get in a nice walk down by the river. The face and… Continue reading
I looked at my FitBit app today while I was taking a break at the gym and saw that my resting heart rate has dropped 21 beats per minute! I have also gone from “running” to being able to run… Continue reading
I’m a March Madness fan and cringed to miss out on the beer, chips, dip, etc. that goes along with watching the games. I suffered through it (with my water) but it was tough. Feeling good though that I made… Continue reading
A friend sent me an invite earlier today asking to meet up to see a blues band after work. I haven’t gone out to a bar since I started SSHE, and I wasn’t sure what my game plan was…but, in… Continue reading
Yesterday I fell back to my old ways…lounging and watching TV until I fell asleep on the couch (not to mention the bag of popcorn I ate), and today I feel so disappointed in myself. I can try to tell… Continue reading
Days away from work prove to be very challenging for me as I have a lot of unstructured time to lay around, be lazy, and think about food. So, my challenge for myself this weekend is to drink more water… Continue reading
I am hoping to get some cardio workouts this weekend, to get my heart rate going.
Alrighty…..silly to admit, but I’m anxious about going out to lunch and a movie with my daughter, a friend and her daughter today! Why? Because it involves going out to lunch and delicious movie popcorn!!!!!! So…..my strategy for today is… Continue reading
My daughter and I took a trip to the MOA today. When you are trying to be conscientious of your eating, every last thing you look at seems to revolve around FOOD! Not only food, but boy was I craving… Continue reading
My weight has been in the 200s for such a long time that, when I get on an exercise machine and asked to enter my weight I forget and have to stop myself from entering the first digit as a… Continue reading
Why is there always food – mainly bagels and donuts – at work meetings? ugh! They are so hard to resist when you are hungry or stressed! So….always going back to my mantra of “eating like a queen” – I… Continue reading
In February when I started this challenge, a friend invited me to join a Wed Zumba class. I did..but dragged my feet most weeks. I don’t have a rhythmic bone/muscle in my body. I’m glad there are no mirrors, I… Continue reading